Morning Glories: Waltzing into the New Year

by Rex Levang, Minnesota Public Radio
December 30, 2013

St. Paul, Minn. — Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call these works Morning Glories.

It's going to be a waltz-filled week, between the New Year's Day concert from Vienna, and Learning to Listen, devoted to the waltzes of Strauss. On Morning Glories, we'll take a look at some other composers who have been beguiled by three-quarter time.

Monday

Schubert: 12 Noble Waltzes, D. 969 Despite their rather grand title, these waltzes conjure up an intimate world of domestic music-making.

Tuesday

(noon hour) Prokofiev: Waltz Suite This suite drawn from Prokofiev's stage works includes a "New Year's Eve Waltz."

Wednesday

(noon hour) Moross: Variations on a Waltz This year marked the centennial of Jerome Moross (1913-83). Here's his playful look at waltz time.

Thursday

Brahms: Waltzes Op. 39 Everyone recognizes the little waltz excerpted from Brahms's Op. 39 — today we'll hear the whole piece.

Friday

Ravel: La Valse With its driving, or overdriving energy, this may be the waltz to end all waltzes.

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